Rebecca Spicer serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). As chief communications officer, she manages the communications strategy for the trade association, which represents 3,300 beer distributors nationwide. She manages internal, membership and external communications and executes key public relations strategies to advance the association’s advocacy priorities.
She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Times, National Journal, The Daily Caller and Huffington Post discussing NBWA advocacy issues. She received the American Society of Association Executives’ Rising Star Award, and PR Week magazine named her a “Top 40 Under 40” public relations professionals in the country.
Prior to joining NBWA in 2007, Spicer served at the White House as the Associate Director of Communications where she produced televised events for President George W. Bush including bill signings, press conferences, state arrival ceremonies, state dinners, taped messages and interviews.
Spicer joined the White House after 12 years in television news. She produced the 6 p.m. newscast at WJLA in Washington, D.C. and received the Outstanding Newscast Award and the Outstanding Continuing Coverage Award from the Associated Press for coverage of the 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., region. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for coverage of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
Spicer also worked at local stations in Houston, TX; New Haven, CT; and Birmingham, AL; she earlier worked at CNN in Atlanta. She began her career as a high school intern helping with “Snow Bird” school cancellations at WSMV in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
Spicer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Studio Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Spicer has served Sewanee on the Board of Trustees; as president of the Sewanee Club of Washington, D.C.; and fundraising/reunion chair. She received the Young Alumni Award, presented for professional achievement, service to the community and loyalty for the university.
She serves on the Board of the National Council for Adoption; the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army National Capital Region; and the National Advisory Council for the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Spicer lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her family.